Twelfth Night (2017)
A setting of Laurie Lee’s Twelfth Night
SATB & Organ (or Piano)
fp. Glasgow Chamber Choir, Michael Bawtree, St Margaret’s Church, Glasgow, 08 January 2017
Twelfth Night was written for the Glasgow Chamber Choir broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship.
Twelfth Night is a simple setting of Laurie Lee’s much-loved poem of the same title in which the poet vividly depicts a winter scene to emphasise the coming of the Wise Men. My setting aims to be as unobtrusive as possible with Lee’s text, setting the text in a clear, homophonic fashion in the main. There is a slightly more reflective, unaccompanied third verse reflecting the journeying of the Magi and the fragility of the Christ child, though the final verse returns to the opening material in triumphal fashion to denote ‘our saviour from terror’s equinox’.